27
Sep
12

marathon training – passports, tickets, money…

Safety pins, micropore tape, passport, ibuprofen, vaseline, short sleeve top, long sleeve top – this scenario will be familiar to many of you. There are items of running gear spread out over the bed alongside the above. There is a small suitcase on the floor that looks way too small for what is required. I am standing over this random array of stuff trying to check off in my head everything that I will need for my 4 days in Berlin for The Berlin Marathon.

I am excited and a little bit scared. My 10 day taper has so far consisted of a 13km run, a 16km run, half an hour scampering about at a gentle pace and finally, later today, a little 20 min jog with Hauling My Carcass before we set off tomorrow morning at an horrific hour for the airport.

The 13km run before the weekend was horrible. I felt sluggish from start to finish, wasn’t enjoying it and, worse, I had all sorts of little aches and niggles in my knees, ankles and the soles of my feet. I had one of those dark moments of self doubt… “If I feel like this for 13k, how am I going to get through 42k??”. Fortunately, Saturday’s 16k was a fabulous affair – it was a clear, crisp morning. Not too hot but with a clear blue sky – and the running came easily. For the first time in a good few weeks, I was actually enjoying going for a run. The past 16 weeks of running to a schedule had stripped any trace of enjoyment from my runs and made them feel like a chore, an obligation. So to bound along effortlessly in the sunshine was a revelation. All of a sudden, 42kms sounded like a long way but definitely do-able.

So here I am, days away from a race that has been planned for the best part of a year. It is the latest in a series of adventures for myself and Hauling My Carcass that began back in 2008 when we decided “maybe we should enter a half marathon, you know, just for fun.”. It has seen us travel about Europe to run in races that have been both euphoric and challenging in equal measure, to places that have been interesting and cool and has given us some great fun and plenty of anecdotes. This time tomorrow, we will be in Berlin, dragging wheeled suitcases noisily through the streets in search of our accommodation for the weekend.

Now where was I… Garmin? Check! Lucky socks…?

Soundtrack to this post: Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe


2 Responses to “marathon training – passports, tickets, money…”


  1. September 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    You don’t need luck, you’re well prepared and even a little bit excited. Have an amazing time, you’ll remember this for the rest of your life.

  2. September 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Very best of luck. Enjoy the day and if you see someone in a black Loch Ness Marathon t-shirt and wearing a Nathan Speed 4 hydration belt, it’ll probably be me so say hi! Can’t remember what block you’re in but I’m in G.


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